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Interview #935: Soltis, Lawrence A. (June, 2009)

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00:15:56 - 00:18:37 Travel

travel, engineering, collaboration; Erickson, John; Houghton, Michigan

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AP

I know that you said that you did a lot of writing and reading as part of your position, did any of your work ever take you outside of the Lab?

LS

What do you mean by outside?

AP

Well did you do any traveling?

LS

Oh yeah, we did a lot of traveling. Basically to present papers. Went to a lot of conferences to present papers, was on various committees both national and international that you had to---you know usually the committees were to prepare standards for something of that nature. And I think I went to Europe three times for that, and I traveled in the United States I don't know maybe six, eight times a year something like that to various cities where different conferences were being held.

AP

Were there any trips in particular that are very memorable or that were very interesting?

LS

Oh that's a good question. I don't like to travel I have to tell you that. So I guess I didn't find of them were too interesting. The most interesting, I had to go to London one time and while I was there I took a few extra days and I went touring some museums. And I wanted to see how the English looked upon the American Revolution from their point of view. I went to one military museum and it kind of almost like a footnote, they said this army division had been over in the States, or over in the colonies I guess it was then, in 1776 and they came over to put down an uprising over here. That's about all they talked about our American Revolution.

AP

Oh wow.

LS

So our American Revolution and the 4th of July aren't celebrated in England quite like they are here. So that was kind of an interesting place to go to. But most of them, you know they---all the conferences what not they follow the same formats, you know generally three, four days of nothing but presenting papers and finding out what other people are doing and presenting your results and then you talk to researchers from different places and find out what they're doing. It just kind of keeps you on top of things.

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